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The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?

Ryan is back with a new column that wouldn't have happened without this time of self-isolation. The topic is on live-streaming, which is all the rage now. She had to figure this out for herself, and has a lot to share on the topic.

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5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better
Recording Bass

5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better

Recording bass guitar at home is not difficult with the vast amount of quality plugins available to you today. Travis Huisman breaks things down with 5 audio plugins to make your bass recordings instantly better.

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe

Ryan is back with a new entry in her “Bass Players To Know” series. This time, she focuses on the work of Nashville legend and session ace, Dave Roe, the longtime bass player with Johnny Cash and favorite of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach - and more.

Custom Shop: Curtis Novak
Custom Shop

Custom Shop: Curtis Novak

In the crowded world of aftermarket pickup makers, few continue to explore with as much passion and childlike wonder as Curtis Novak. In this new edition of “Custom Shop,” Jake Serek takes a look into Novak’s work.

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On

This is trying time for all of us. And for those who make their living playing music, things are even more challenging. That's the focus of this new column Ryan just wrote: from the perspective of a gigging musician and a fan of bands and artists too.

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello

Great artists are known for trailblazing their own path and Meshell Ndegeocello has done just that. With a continually evolving body of work and a successful career as both artist and side person, Meshell Ndegeocello is a bass player to know.

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt

After attending a recent Wilco performance, Ryan decided it was time to feature John Stirratt in her “Bass Players To Know” series. Check out what Ryan has to say about his playing, along with some notable tracks from Wilco and The Autumn Defense.

Best of 2019: The Top 10 “Ask Damian Erskine” Columns
Ask Damian Erskine, Best of 2019

Best of 2019: The Top 10 “Ask Damian Erskine” Columns

Damian Erskine’s popular “Ask” column ran for over 10 years. On December 4th, Damian announced he was taking a break. He still logged nearly a year’s worth of columns in 2019, covering theory, gigging, gear, and more. Here are the top 10 reader favorites.

Ask Damian Erskine: Farewell (For Now)
Ask Damian Erskine

Ask Damian Erskine: Farewell (For Now)

For over a decade, Damian Erskine has published his “Ask Damian Erskine” column every week. That’s 533 columns. After that impressive run, Damian has decided to take a break. We can’t thank him enough for his contributions over the years.

The Lightbulb Moment: The Lesson Agreement
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: The Lesson Agreement

Many people question the validity of music lessons. Are they worth it? Why do they cost [enter amount]? And what’s the point of having a teacher when you can learn on your own? That’s the topic of Ryan’s latest “Lightbulb Moment” column.

Should You Record Yourself Practicing?
Ask Damian Erskine

Should You Record Yourself Practicing?

A reader asked Damian about his thoughts on recording yourself practicing. Damian, who has long been an advocate of this, breaks down the benefits of recording your practice sessions in this week’s “Ask” column.

Reading Rhythms
Ask Damian Erskine

Reading Rhythms

There’s an art to figuring out rhythms. Ultimately, it comes down to feeling smaller subdivisions. For today’s “Ask Damian” column, we have a video to help us walk through different rhythms and how to decipher them on the fly.